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Nigerian lawmakers are amending the country’s constitution so that states can generate their own electricity

Nigerian lawmakers are amending the country's constitution so that states can generate their own electricity
Nigerian lawmakers are amending the country’s constitution so that states can generate their own electricity
  • The bill still requires the approval of Nigeria’s 36 state governors and a presidential assent in order to become law.
  • It is expected to break the current monopoly of the Federal Government of Nigeria to generate and distribute electricity.
  • The move is also expected to help the West African country to diversify its electricity generation and eventually deal with its epileptic power problem.

Business Insider Africa gathered that the lawmakers passed the law on Tuesday in their various chambers. A statement that was released via the official Twitter handle of the Nigerian House of Representatives detailed how 298 members voted in support of the constitutional reform, while only two members voted against it.

 

In the meantime, the bill would have to receive support from state lawmakers across Nigeria’s 36 states, before it would be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

 

The development would also encourage Nigeria’s 36 states to diversify their energy sources. This would, in turn, help the West African country to deal with its lingering epileptic power problem.

According to Bloomberg, Nigeria has an installed electricity generation capacity of 13,000 megawatts daily. However, while only 7,500 megawatts are available, less than 4,000 megawatts are distributed to the national grid. Little wonder millions of Nigerians struggle to have up to 15 hours of electricity in a day.